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Internet giants including Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay have banded together to set up the Internet Association in order to lobby the US government on important internet issues.

Internet giants including Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay have banded together to set up the Internet Association in order to lobby the US government on important internet issues.

 
The group will launch in Washington in September, co-ordinating the big powerhouses of the internet to provide a unified message to lawmakers in the country. A larger list of members is expected to be announced at launch.
 
Michael Beckerman, former adviser to the chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, is to take the helm of the new group. He said that the goal is to educate legislators about the internet.
 
google facebook Google, Facebook and others to launch Internet Association
 
Political lobbying is a big arena in the US, with $3.3 billion spent on it last year alone, according to the Centre for Responsive Politics. Google is one of the biggest spenders on lobbying, with $5.4 million paid out this year so far, while Facebook has spent a still sizeable $650,000.
 
The companies have previously partnered in voicing concerns about laws that inhibit internet freedom and privacy, such as the Stop Online Piracy Act, but cybersecurity and taxes are among a number of other issues that are lobbied on.
 
Source: BBC